The scariest thing about this year’s Halloween just may be the prospect of some trick-or-treaters not wearing face masks. If you do celebrate the holiday (and that celebration includes more than just the members of your pod), please cover up. Not only does a mask protect the people around you, this year there’s an added bonus: The right mask can be the perfect complement to your costume. And if you don’t have something planned yet, many masks work as costumes on their own (or with one or two small additions). Just look for something bright, patterned, or covered in fur, and let your imagination take it from there. Here are 21 fabric face masks and costume ideas to help get your creativity started.
Combined with all-black clothing, this sequined mask will transform your head into a disco ball.
René Magritte’s ‘The False Mirror’
This will take some craftsmanship but only a very little bit. Use a Sharpie to add a black dot in the center of this mask to become Magritte’s iconic painting.
The Mona Lisa
Wear her slight smirk instead of your own. A flowy gown is optional.
Emily in Paris
Snap a selfie wearing this mask, an Eiffel Tower blouse, and heels too high for cobblestones, and you’ll be America’s most ringarde sweetheart.
Dress like Canadian country musician Orville Peck in a mask with colorful fringe. Add a cowboy hat or Western shirt for a more complete look.
If you have a surgical mask, you have the most important part of a Nurse Ratched costume. Just sweep back your hair, put on all white, and top it off with a folded paper hat.
Pete Davidson, Post Malone, or any other celebrity who went a little wild with the tattoos
If you’re really feeling it, add some temporary tattoos. (Although this mask is already sold out, we found a similar one based on Harry Styles’s tattoos that you can find at the link below.)
If anyone wants to tuck any money in, just make sure they sanitize first (chain sold separately).
Lettuce or a salad
The only prop you’ll need is a tomato.
Pin a single pearl earring or pendant onto the mask or wear a pearl necklace — and be ready to explain to anyone who doesn’t quite grasp the subtlety.
Janelle Monáe’s ‘Pynk’ music video
Monáe’s 2018 “Pynk” video features strategically placed hot-pink ruffles just like this mask. Wearing it with a pink sweatsuit (any shade will do) should drive the message home, but you may have to play the video on your phone for people to get it — a bonus, in our opinion.
A polar bear
This Etsy seller makes furry masks in a bunch of different colors. For a polar-bear costume, go with the white furry mask and all-white sweatpants and sweatshirt. You’ll also want a toy fish.
A house cat
With these six different styles, you can dress up like your best friend — and even bring her with you.
Absinthe, weed, or Poison Ivy
Whether you’re dressing up as the Green Fairy, a particularly good strain of flower, or the sexiest comic-book plant in history, this green velvet mask can help.
Dress in pastel pink, and you’re all set.
A cow and a cowboy
Cow print is trending, so this mask works as both a costume and a fashion statement. Find a friend to wear a bandanna-print mask, and you’ve got a cowboy, too.
Invite your friends to meet you in the park for cheese and crackers and drinks. (This amazing bug embroidered mask is sold out, but we found a similar one without the bugs at the link below.)
Catwoman or Batman
A black vinyl face mask is exactly what Catwoman would wear. To make it more complete, add a black catsuit and black cat ears. For Batman, you’ll need a cape.
When we look at this mask by Tibi, we can’t help seeing freshly pressed linens. Carry a pillow, and you’re all set.
Lobster and a fisherman
We had a hard time choosing which of Steak Diane’s fabulous and wacky masks would make the best costume — until we came upon this fisherman face shield. The two make a charming New England-in-the-fall couples’ costume.
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